Looking at consoles? USA Today offers the goods

PICK!So you’re a complete and total newcomer to the world of gaming, and you want to try the whole thing out, but you don’t know which of the next-gen consoles to buy. What’s your game plan?

Since you might be afraid of tech, you may want to check the papers. USA Today has a feature on the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii, with some tidbits on what prospective consumers (and parents with no idea what to get their kids for Christmas) should consider when looking at new consoles.

From tech specs, price ranges, availability, and launch titles, USA Today’s guide is also a pretty useful compendium of knowledge for gamers who love their current system but are interested in something beyond the original Xbox, GameCube or PS2. In addition to looking at the basic pros and cons of each console, they’ve also got a devil’s advocate thing going on, where they also talk about the pros and cons of not buying anything right now.

Their bottom line boils down to four options, as they’ve handily provided readers:

A. Wait in line maybe for days for a PlayStation 3, and probably end up empty-handed.

B. Wait in a shorter line for a Wii, pocket the change and maybe be disappointed.

C. With a swipe of a credit card, go home with a well-stocked Xbox 360.

D. Resist the temptation and do nothing.

Personally, I intend to finish Bully, God Hand, Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou vs the Soulless Army, Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria, and the now-legendary Final Fantasy XII before making my decision. What’s your excuse?

PICK!So you’re a complete and total newcomer to the world of gaming, and you want to try the whole thing out, but you don’t know which of the next-gen consoles to buy. What’s your game plan?

Since you might be afraid of tech, you may want to check the papers. USA Today has a feature on the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii, with some tidbits on what prospective consumers (and parents with no idea what to get their kids for Christmas) should consider when looking at new consoles.

From tech specs, price ranges, availability, and launch titles, USA Today’s guide is also a pretty useful compendium of knowledge for gamers who love their current system but are interested in something beyond the original Xbox, GameCube or PS2. In addition to looking at the basic pros and cons of each console, they’ve also got a devil’s advocate thing going on, where they also talk about the pros and cons of not buying anything right now.

Their bottom line boils down to four options, as they’ve handily provided readers:

A. Wait in line maybe for days for a PlayStation 3, and probably end up empty-handed.

B. Wait in a shorter line for a Wii, pocket the change and maybe be disappointed.

C. With a swipe of a credit card, go home with a well-stocked Xbox 360.

D. Resist the temptation and do nothing.

Personally, I intend to finish Bully, God Hand, Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou vs the Soulless Army, Valkyrie Profile 2: Silmeria, and the now-legendary Final Fantasy XII before making my decision. What’s your excuse?

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